Whereas Section 369 of The Municipalities Act allows municipalities to add specific unpaid charges to tax rolls and Section 370 of The Municipalities Act allows municipalities to apply to the courts for an injunction or other order for specific bylaw contraventions;
Whereas the addition of building permit fees, including development fees, Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency fees, and building inspection fees to the tax roll is currently not allowed;
Whereas some ratepayers will start and finish a building project without first informing the municipality, or seeking a permit; and
Whereas building inspections are still required for completed projects, even though there is no efficient way of collecting the fees associated with the administration and inspections once a project is completed; and
Whereas stop work orders are not an effective solution to the problem if the project has already been completed; and
Whereas small urban municipalities have limited resources to allocate towards any legal costs related to Section 370 of The Municipalities Act;
Therefore be it resolved that the SUMA advocate with the provincial government to amend Section 369 of The Municipalities Act to allow municipalities to add the cost of unpaid building permit fees, development fees, Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency fees, and building inspection fees to the tax roll.
Paying for building permit costs, and all associated fees (such as development fees, plan review and inspection fees, and Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency fees) are a necessary requirement of the building process in all communities that adopt building bylaws. However, some ratepayers will start and finish a building project without first informing the municipality. These projects may include decks, sheds, internal building renovations, demolitions, and building moves. These projects must still be inspected to ensure safety and compliance, which costs the municipality money, but there is no way to enforce the collection of the building permit fees.